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Churches of Christ Care holds people at the centre of our services. In our Seniors and Supported Living services, we focus on giving people choice. To improve how we give people choice, we are implementing our award-winning Positive Wellbeing Model of Care. This model draws out people’s strengths, needs and preferences for care, while involving the people who are important to them. Doing this allows us to deliver holistic care that improves quality of life and allows people to be active and engaged. This approach encourages people to have early conversations about what they would like to happen at the end of life, giving them greater opportunity for choice.
Dying is an inevitable part of life, and our goal is to enable people to die with dignity, in a setting of their choice. We want those in our care to experience the light of Christ in every aspect of their lives. We believe that by offering people dignity in death, we honour the importance and sacredness of their life.
The question of what makes a good death can be overlooked in health policy and practice, and can be hindered by a fragmented health system. In Australia, considering and talking about the detail of our deaths is uncomfortable and almost taboo, yet the reality is that most people would prefer to have a say in the matter. And while we do not control when a person will die, we can offer them choice around how they will be cared for, what kind of treatments they have and where they will be when they die. Supporting people at end of life is a significant clinical practice and policy challenge that we must face as the population ages. This paper examines how taking a palliative approach can help ensure that people are offered as much choice as possible at the end of their lives.